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150 New Year’s Eve Destinations in the USA You Must Visit

Looking for something to do to ring in the new year on December 31st? Check out these destinations in your state.
    Happy New Year hat with colorful decoration in Times Square New York City

     

    New Year’s Eve is the crown jewel of the holiday season, where we get to celebrate the end of good times and look forward to new adventures. New Year’s Eve is the perfect night to enjoy some of the exciting events happening around the US.

    States across the country celebrate New Year’s Eve with elaborate fireworks displays, festivals, parades, and quirky traditions. Check out what New Year’s Eve destination you should check out this season to ring in the new year the right way!

    Alabama

    Join the crowds in Orange Beach for an evening of celebration at the Reelin in the New Year at the Wharf event. This outdoor street party will have lots of fun activities for all ages on this waterfront location, anticipating the massive firework finale and a live performance by The Park Band.

    The Woolworth is the latest hub for entertainment in Birmingham. So, after announcing its New Year’s party, things are about to get even more exciting. Put on your best 90s costume and dance the night away to hits from the era as you rink in the new year.

    Fireworks launch from high above the OWA entertainment complex as soon as the clock strikes midnight in Foley, AL. Starting at 8 pm, you’ll see families gathering in downtown or The Park, which offers the best views of the show and an exciting group countdown.

    Alaska

    Things heat up in Alaska for the new year. Visit Anchorage to take part in their annual block party and firework celebration. Crowds flock to downtown, where you’ll enjoy a live DJ spinning tunes all night until midnight when a spectacular firework show will mark the end of the year.

    Journey to Fairbanks and see how the University of Alaska Fairbanks celebrates the new year with Sparktacular. Cookies and hot cocoa are served to keep you warm as everyone gathers below the West Ridge for perfect views of the annual firework show.

    The locals in Juneau sure know how to party with their annual New Year’s Eve Block Party. Hang out at The Hangar on the Wharf, where kids and adults will have plenty of food and live music to stay entertained until the new year. Kids are welcome until 9:30 pm when the real celebration begins!

    Arizona

    Dance your way into the new year at the Decadence Arizona music festival. As one of the most epic festivals in Arizona, attendees have two stages hosting the biggest names in electronic music like Marshmello, DJ Snake, and Dillon Francis that will rock the crowd until the year ends.

    But the music doesn’t just stop there. Head into downtown Phoenix where Margaret T. Hance Park gets ready to host its 10th-anniversary celebration for their new year’s block party. This decade-long event continues with splendor by providing live DJs and music performances, food trucks, and a fun firework celebration.

    If drinking is on your mind for New Year’s Eve, the Scottsdale New Year’s Eve Pub crawl will surely be an exciting activity. Explore Scottsdale’s vibrant nightlife scene in Old Town, where your all-access pass lets you bypass the bar cover and get right to drinking and partying.

    Arkansas

    Fireworks won’t be the only thing lighting up the sky in Benton. This year’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Bash starts at 9 pm and provides a few hours of entertainment like a laser show, games, food truck vendors, and fireworks to wrap up another successful party.

    Hot Springs, Arkansas, is known for the Hot Springs National Park, but around this time of year, its annual new year’s eve celebration is the main reason for traveling to town. The park hosts a New Year’s gala where visitors can put on their fanciest outfit for a classy evening or find your favorite restaurant rooftop for views of the fireworks.

    The River Market is a popular place to visit in Little Rock, especially as we near the New Year. Many of its shops, restaurants, and bars will hold evening specials that bring crowds out to enjoy this waterfront location.

    California

    While the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world, Its cousin, the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, gets all of the attention this holiday season. Fireworks launch from nearby the bridge, making it the best place to see the show that attracts close to 200,000 people.

    Any time is great for visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, but the park during New Year is even more special. EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood lets you enjoy its exciting rides and tours during the day and becomes a park-wide celebration at night with music, dancing, and more.

    See how your favorite marine animals bring in the new year at the Night Dive event in the Aquarium of the Pacific. Located in Long Beach, this destination fills its halls with music by a live band and a large dance floor after you’ve had a few drinks.

    Colorado

    Pikes Peak serves as the backdrop to most views in Colorado Springs. It’s why the AdAmAn Club chose it to launch ceremonious fireworks nearly a century ago in a tradition that continues today. So, peer up at the peak with the warning shots around 9:00 pm and a full show at midnight. 

    Watch as the sky above Denver gets illuminated during Downtown Denver’s annual firework show. Although the long-running event was canceled in 2020, it’s returning this year to the 16th Street Mall, where attendees can dance to live DJ music in anticipation of the midnight show.

    All aboard the New Year’s Eve dinner train in Canon City takes passengers along the scenic Royal Gorge route. Trek across the bridge for views of the canyon from an open-air car. Return to your dining car to enjoy a three-course meal paired with a specialty holiday cocktail.

    Connecticut

    The annual First Night Hartford event begins at 2 pm on New Year’s Eve, and you’ll need the entire day if you hope to complete the holiday scavenger hunt in time. It keeps families entertained all day in Bushnell Park with live music performances and two firework displays happening at 6 pm and midnight.

    A trail of red lights zig-zags down Fanny Hill for the New Year’s Eve Ski & Torchlight Parade in Snowmass Village. This popular ski destination is fun to watch but even more exciting to participate in. Skiers are welcome to join the parade with red flares while skiing down the parade route.

    Bring a bit of luck into the new year by attending the Let’s Glow 2022 party in Mohegan Sun. This popular casino and entertainment venue has everything from card table games to a live DJ performance and an open bar! Stay overnight and wake up on New Years Day with a breakfast buffet. 

    Delaware

    The Grand puts on an elegant New Year’s gala celebration as one of the top places to go in Wilmington. Sounds for the evening are provided by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, who plays for two acts during the evening with classical New Year’s concert music.

    For a quirky New Year’s celebration, visit the Embassy Suites in Newark for an NYE costume ball. Furry creatures will join you as you enjoy a fun evening. And the best part is that it’s in a hotel, so you can party well into the next morning before sleeping in the next day.

    Leave it to Lewes, DE, to create a unique New Year tradition representing the local community. Gather on Canalfront Park near the Lightship Overfalls ship and countdown the seconds before the signature anchor drop. Visitors can keep warm at the bonfire and sip hot chocolate.

    Florida

    Kissimmee, Florida, is an exciting New Year’s Eve destination for the entire family. Old Town knows how to throw a modern party as the entire plaza is filled with things to do, from the car shows to free concerts and close out with a firework show about the South Plaza.

    Orlando theme parks are always in the holiday spirit. So check out the New Year’s Eve celebration at SeaWorld Orlando to see why it’s one of the best venues. It hosts a Winter Wonderland on Ice show and plenty of food and drinks throughout the day. Not to mention the massive firework display happening at midnight.

    Miami is one of the world’s party capitals, so New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to visit. It’s always fun club-hopping on Ocean Drive, but make your way to Miami Beach at midnight to see the scenic firework display over the ocean.

    Georgia

    The Battery is the premier destination to check out when visiting Atlanta for the New Year celebrations. While it’s home to the championship Atlanta Braves, NYE Live! Take over with two innings worth of events. The first is live music and a balloon drop. Stick around for the second inning, and you’ll revel in fireworks and confetti falling over the park.

    Witness the beauty of nature while exploring the scenic Appalachian foothills while trekking on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Dress warm as you walk your way through the Blueridge countryside in a special holiday-themed train ride. You’ll have a four-hour journey with beautiful views and plenty of time to make it home for the countdown.

    Experience the Georgia Aquarium after hours when you attend the Yacht Rock Schooner 2022 event. You’ll get to see exhibitions like Sharks! Predators of the Deep before entering the central atrium where the real party happens. Enjoy music, drinks, and cheering as you count down the minutes until midnight.

    Hawaii

    The scenic beaches of Hawaii make the perfect backdrop to a stunning firework display, especially during the 2022 Waikiki New Year’s Fireworks. Creative firework designs fill the night sky as onlookers watch from Waikiki Beach. The show starts at 11:55 pm but arrive early because this event always draws crowds.

    Immerse yourself into the vibrant Hawaiian culture this New Year’s Eve at the Waikiki Starlight Luau. This cultural celebration features live performances of traditional music and dances, alongside an exhilarating fire knife dance. End the evening with a five-course meal for a taste of Hawaii.

    Set sail on a New Years Cruise from Maui. Several boats operate from Maui, giving you a New Year’s experience on the ocean. Cruises treat guests to an exclusive party with tasty food, great music, and a celebration with friends. Then, at midnight, grab your glass of champagne and cheers beneath the fireworks.

    Idaho

    Idaho is known for potatoes, so it’s only fitting that the capital Boise hosts the annual Potato Drop New Year’s event. This huge street party takes place in front of the Idaho State Capital, where an oversized potato drops to countdown the New Year’s fireworks.

    Party-goers looking for a lakefront celebration can bring in the New Year at Coeur d’Alene, one of Idaho’s top getaway destinations. This year, it hosts the Midnight Masquerade for a classy evening at a masked cocktail-attire ball. Before midnight, spend hours dining at the Grand Dinner Buffet before stepping outside for fireworks and champagne.

    There is sure to be lots of snow for New Year’s Eve at Schweitzer. This popular ski mountain destination has become a top party destination where you can dance for hours to live music accompanied by lakeside views. Everyone will have a glass of champagne as you count down to midnight.

    Illinois

    A ballroom in the Hilton Chicago transforms into one of the city’s wildest parties for New Year. Dress in your dapper clothes and join thousands of attendees celebrating in the elegant ballroom. Whether you want to show off your moves on the dance floor or test your New Year’s luck at the Vegas-style casino, it will indeed be a night to remember.

    Lake Michigan looks more like an ocean than a lake when you see it in person. Thankfully, you’ll have the perfect view of firework shows taking place over the ocean to ring in the new year. Take a boat cruise to watch the fireworks overhead or stand on the coasts in popular cities like Chicago to see the show.

    You can’t visit Chicago without checking out Navy Pier. And this New Year’s Eve, it’s about to be even more festive. So, step onto the largest dance floor in Chicago to bring in the new year or grab a spot on the pier to watch the firework display over Lake Michigan.

    Indiana

    Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the kids at Sparkle & Shine. The Indiana State Museum hosts this kid-friendly New Year’s celebration with a dance party, photos, various activity stations, and even a holiday train ride. Stick around until 8 pm to countdown the new year with a balloon drop and confetti.

    Join Shanda Sung, a celebrity comedian from Bloomington who returns to her hometown for a night of hilarious jokes. She invites a group of the funniest comedians around to put on a show full of roaring laughs. Keep your eye on the clock because the late-night show will have a special countdown and champagne toast.

    This year is a special time to be in Elkhart as this year’s holiday coincides with INOVA Federal’s 80th anniversary. And with its headquarters based in Elkhart, it’s putting on a celebration for the entire city. Spend New Year’s Eve ice skating with the family at Tibco Ice Park before rushing over to the headquarter building just in time to see the firework show.

    Iowa

    With many Grammy and Tony Award nominations, the Des Moines Symphony always delivers world-class performance. This year it rings in the new year at the Des Moines Civic Center, where it will play a themed show for Elton John’s greatest hits.

    Celebrate an alternative New Year’s at Varieties in Davenport for a high-energy drag show. Leave the kids behind because this adults-only show features top drag models. Attendees will have lots of fun while enjoying drink specials and prize giveaways all night.

    Cheer on the Iowa Wild as they take on the Colorado Eagles. Presented by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the teams will go head to head for a special New Year’s hockey game. Bring out your favorite green and white gear for an action-packed game. And the postgame fireworks are the perfect way to end the night.

    Kansas

    Kansas City Power and Light District is a popular nightlife destination that kicks things up a notch for New Year. It will host one of the biggest parties in Kansas City, where you can bar hop venues or enjoy one of the live music sets. As midnight approaches, get set for a champagne toast and firework show.

    The Kansas City Zoo will celebrate this season with a Zoo Years Eve party. The entire family is invited to spend a day at the zoo. You’ll feel the festive atmosphere as you walk around the animal exhibitions. It’s one of the best places to take kids in Kansas City to stay busy before the night. 

    Suit up in your finest black-tie attire and join the Black Party XVII, one of the poshest events in Kansas City. You’ll have an elegant night with premium spirits served all night and high-end decorations that provide the perfect backdrop for New Year’s selfies. 

    Kentucky

    Rain or shine, you can expect the Light Up 2022 New Year’s Eve Bash to happen. Hang out in downtown Somerset in Fountain Square, where talented bands rock the music stage all evening. In addition, there are tons of vendors and food trucks creating a fun, festive atmosphere for New Year.

    The bright lights of Fourth Street Live! Beckon crowds to enjoy Louisville’s biggest New Year’s party. Bud Light organizes this holiday party free to the public in the top event venue. Grab drinks at one of the many bars and head to the stage to dance along to the live musical performances. 

    Outdoor lovers can have a fun New Year’s Eve at Dam State Resort Park. This year, it hosts a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance in the Falls of Rough room. Guests will be served a holiday dinner in Grayson’s Landing Restaurant before heading to the dance floor for music provided by the Lindsey Lane Band.

    Louisiana

    The Fleur De Lis is a symbol of New Orleans, which makes the new year drop even more festive. Party in Jackson Square with live music. You can get drinks nearby at Jax Brewery and await the firework display. Massive displays shoot from above the Mississippi River in time for the final Fleur De Lis drop at midnight.

    Party-seekers in Baton Rouge know that gathering beneath the iconic landmark for the Red Stick Revelry is the best place to go on New Year’s Eve. Everyone gets in free to this outdoor celebration. Live musical performances in Davis Rhorer Plaza and Galvez Plaza hit the stage for crowd-pumping entertainment until the midnight fireworks.

    Travelers who stop by Wright City for the holidays should set their GPS to Charrette Creek Commons. This free New Year’s Eve event is for the entire family. Watch in amazement as fire dancers put on a fiery display before the true pyrotechnics begin. Fireworks go off at 8 pm, and kids can join in the toast with “Sparkling Grapefruit Juice.”

    Maine

    Locals in Eastport celebrate the new year in honor of the US and Canada with a Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop. Now in its 17th year, this unusual New Year’s drop continues to draw crowds that even come from out of town to witness the countdown. It modified its event to have a virtual experience and take-home party. 

    With ski season just kicking off, New Year’s Eve at Sugarloaf Mountain is one event you don’t want to miss at the Sugarloaf Ski Resort. The day starts with the kids’ party in the King Pine Room. Everybody is welcome to enjoy the evening live performances or view the fireworks at the Landing. By night, the adults can go to the Widowmaker for live music.

    The cold winters in Maine usually keep people away from the beaches, except for New Year in Portland. Line up on East End Beach and charge into the water for the Polar Bear Dip and Dash. The event will be virtual for the second time, where participants “dip” at their own convenience to support charity. 

    Maryland

    The Northside Park Winterfest is already a huge attraction during the winter with its decorative displays of over one million lights. But if you’re impressed by these displays, wait until midnight on New Year’s Eve when the firework show takes all the attention to light up Ocean City even more.

    As the red curtains of the Maryland Theater open, the audience will be graced with an incredible night of music. Led by a jester, the New Year’s Eve show will bring three live performances. Upgrade to VIP for drink tickets and private cocktail lounge access. 

    The only thing better than skyline views of Baltimore is seeing it as the backdrop for a firework show. It’s what makes the Baltimore Inner Harbor New Year’s Eve Spectacular one of the best places in town to see it. Live music plays from the promenade as you await the midnight show over the harbor.

    Massachusetts

    Every year, it’s expected that a million people come out for the First Night Boston celebrations. This family-friendly event has an early firework show at the Boston Harbor and a parade where you’ll see plenty of fun costumes. The event has live performances and artistic ice sculptures on view.

    The Discovery Museum in Acton is where to go this New Year’s Eve if you’ve got kids. The museum is hosting a ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ Pajama Party from 10 am-12 pm where kids can join in the fun with crafts and dancing to ring in the new year.

    The annual Yarmouth Polar Plunge supports local charity, but it’s an event that brings a crowd out to participate in. Go for a quick dip in the Nantucket Sound’s icy cold waters to start your new year off with a bang on January 1st. There is always hot cocoa and snacks available to warm you up after the plunge.

    Michigan

    Time to get your adrenaline pumping at the Belle Isle New Year’s Eve Family Fun Run. Adults and kids and join the festivities at Belle Isle State Park for a 1-mile run. Participants have all day to complete the run 6 am-11 pm before the new year begins.

    Traverse City is famous for cherries, so it’s only fitting to have the CherryT Ball Drop. This gigantic cherry falls from the sky as the clock strikes midnight. Join the rest of the community on Front Street to watch the glowing cherry drop. And be sure to stick around for the fireworks.

    Closeout 2021 at the New Year’s Fest in Kalamazoo. Get your tickets early to attend this festival where plenty of live music and entertainment will keep you occupied until the new year. Various states are set up around Bronson Park, where 30 different acts put on a year-end musical show.

    Minnesota

    Dress to impress for the Crystal Ball NYE 2022 party. As one of Minneapolis’ premier events for the holiday, The Pourhour downtown is the go-to venue to celebrate in class. The event is now in its 16th year and continues to deliver a night of fun with dancing, karaoke, gaming, and pictures.

    Concert-goers are in for a night of musical charm for the Sibelius Festival. Be the first to hear the live performance of pieces by Jean Sibelius in Orchestra Hall. With a critically-acclaimed composer and a world-class orchestra, this is sure to be a New Year’s show that you don’t want to miss.

    The 4th Street Saloon in Minneapolis provides the perfect setting for the Black and Gold Masquerade party. Dine in with other masked guests while enjoying a midnight champagne toast to celebrate. Guests can dance to hip hop and r&b music playing all night.

    Mississippi

    Downtown Tupelo will be bustling with activity on New Year’s Eve. Starting at 6 pm, this annual festival turns the district into a giant party filled with fun and music. Even the kids will have a designated stage and dance party. Then, join the cheers for the countdown to midnight.

    Let out your creativity for the new year at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport. It invites everyone to the Countdown to Noon 2022 event. In addition to enjoying the exhibitions, it will have a DJ spinning live music to create a fun atmosphere while anticipating the ball drop and confetti.

    Experience the Mighty Mississippi on a Riverboat cruise for New Year. Several companies provide holiday cruises where you’ll enjoy good food and views from a traditional riverboat. You’ll bring in the new year with lots of dancing as you party in style right on the river.

    Missouri

    Six Flags in St. Louis transforms into a holiday hotspot to bring in the new year. Admire the sparkling lights as you walk through the park. There are tons of rides to get your heart racing, or check out the schedule for the daily performances. Then, at 9 pm, head over to Main Street to catch the firework display.

    The St. Louis winter park takes place in the shadows of the Gateway Arch. Arch Park is a popular destination for New Year where the entire family can enjoy ice skating, shopping in the night markets, or enjoying the holiday music. For the 2022 Winterfest celebration, the event features a 5K race.

    There isn’t a time when Branson doesn’t have a show worth seeing. So, for New Year’s Eve, look forward to one of the best multi-shows you’ve seen. The New Year’s Eve cruise aboard Showboat brings guests along for an evening of party favors. Watch a mixed live performance with music and comedy as you sail the Table Rock Lake for the evening.

    Montana

    You deserve to pamper yourself this New Year’s with a stay at Ranch at Rock Creek. Surrounded by scenic nature in Philipsburg, it’s one of Montana’s top luxury hotels that host a one-of-a-kind experience. Guests will have chef-prepared meals, an activity itinerary, and a midnight countdown at this stunning outdoor escape.

    Big Sky Ski Resort is one of the popular destinations for winter recreation. But when you have a break from skiing the slopes, it’s time to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks and activities on the mountain. Daytime is festive with a New Year’s parade leading up to the New Year’s dinner and fireworks.

    You’re in for a day full of events in Missoula during First Night 2022 where art and the new year clash. Watch as artists skillfully carve ice sculptures and try your hand at art with watercolor painting and more. Then, spend the afternoon ice skating and live music. The night ends with Chinese fireworks.

    Nebraska

    A glass of bubbly won’t be the only thing with bubbles this New Year’s Eve. In fact, it’s the theme for this year’s Bubbly New Year’s. The event goes from 9 am-8 pm, and guests step across bubble wrap while navigating the museum. And it will have plenty of bubble drops all day.  

    People in Omaha can enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks in person once again as the Firework Spectacular returns. Tune into STAR 104.5 to hear commentary and music about the holiday as onlookers fill up parking lots as early as 7 pm. Then, at midnight fireworks shoot up in a choreographed show.

    Hurry down to the Lincoln Children’s Museum for the Make Believe Midnight event. This family-friendly celebration brings out the community for a couple of hours of fun. Two sessions at the museum create a kids dance party and New Year’s countdown to fit anyone’s schedule to end 2021.

    Nevada

    The Las Vegas Strip is a must-visit destination on New Year’s Eve. The strip shuts down for pedestrian-only traffic where the streets fill with cheerful party-goers always looking for the next party. Casino-hop between Caesars Palace and the MGM Grad before standing beneath the night sky for a firework display of more than 80,000 rockets.

    The Strip isn’t the only place to party in Las Vegas. An alternative is checking out the Fremont Street Experience for America’s Party Downtown celebration. Party till the new year at this fun 80s and 90s theme party featuring live music from Bobby Brown, Vanilla Ice, and others.

    New Year is a time to get rid of everything old from the past. The New Year’s Eve Bonfire event in Fallon is the perfect time to get rid of your Christmas tree in this massive bonfire display in the Churchill County Fairgrounds. In addition, the grounds will host a public firework show free for everyone to close out the event.

    New Hampshire

    The community of Portsmouth knows how to celebrate the New Year properly with a host of different events for First Night. Bring out the whole family to enjoy games, live music, an ice sculpture display, and more. There will also be plenty of local specials around town, so take advantage.

    Standing atop the summit of Cranmore Mountain Resort gives a spectacular view over North Conway. And New Year’s Eve gives even more reason to venture to the mountain top. The annual Cranapalooza party lets you enjoy skiing, kids events, and a mountain top firework display at night.

    Hampton Beach will be full of families on picnic blankets looking up to see the fireworks display. While you may not be swimming in New Hampshire this season, the beach fireworks provide plenty of beautiful scenery. And the best part is that it’s free! The event is weather-dependent.

    New Jersey

    One of the best parts about visiting New Jersey is the views of the New York City Skyline. Treat yourself to a New Year’s Eve dinner cruise for an evening beneath the twinkle of New York City lights. Onboard entertainment is provided by a live DJ playing music until a stunning firework show at the Statue of Liberty.

    Did you know Hammonton is the blueberry capital of the world? The giant blueberry drop for New Year’s Eve is the perfect way to celebrate in local style. A 10-ft blueberry falls upon the party just as the clock strikes midnight and fireworks shoot up in celebration.

    Considered the Las Vegas of the East Coast, Atlantic City will host several casino parties on New Year’s Eve. But if you’re looking for something free to do, go for a stroll on the Atlantic City boardwalk to see the fireworks launched from the Tropicana Atlantic City Hotel & Casino.

    New Mexico

    Things heat up in Santa Fe’s Plaza for the New Year celebration. Enjoy a lineup full of talented musicians providing the soundtrack to the holiday night. The crowd sings along to traditional songs every year with the fireworks putting on a magnificent display in the sky.

    Ruidoso is a destination that knows how to have a great time for New Year’s Eve. Get your last bit of partying in for the year with multiple venues taking part in the holiday celebrations. Dig into a gourmet dinner before working up a sweat on the dance floor.

    Indulge in the Mexican heritage of Las Cruces at the annual chile drop for New Year. Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces downtown has an exciting evening planned with live entertainment as crowds gather for the holiday. Browse the different vendors and grab something to eat at a food truck as you party all night.

    New York

    The biggest New Year’s Eve celebration is in NYC’s Times Square. Crowds flood the streets of midtown Manhattan as NYC counts down the hours until midnight with live performances. Cheers erupt as the ball drops, and the air fills with colorful confetti to cover the entire square.

    Prepare for an evening with a talented lineup of bands at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown hotel for its annual Time Traveler’s Ball. Starting at 7 pm, attendees can ring in the new year to good music along with a five-hour open bar. Dinner is also included with event ticket purchases.

    Hopefully, you can bear the cold because the Lake George Polar Plunge is sure to bring some chills this New Year’s Eve. Join 1,000 people on the shores of Shepard Park Beach to dance and warm up before running into the water with freezing temperatures.

    North Carolina

    If your New Year’s resolution involves fitness and health, the New Year Resolution Run in Asheville is an excellent way to get started on your goals. Participants can run in the 5K and 10K races that wind around a course through Downtown Asheville. Dress warm and bring the whole family to run into the new year.

    Spirits flow abundantly at the Raleigh Beer Garden for its new year celebration. Tickets are available to this Great Gatsby-themed event held at the venue. It will have food, and an open bar for everyone as a DJ plays fantastic tunes. Then, gather for the champagne toast at midnight.

    Charlotte is a popular place to travel for New Year’s Eve to celebrate the CLT NYE. This citywide New Year’s Eve event transformed Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte into a festive atmosphere for the holiday. Live music fills the streets as the crowds await the midnight fireworks.

    North Dakota

    For the first time ever, the Biltmore will host a New Year’s Eve bash that will start a new tradition for the people in Fargo. You’ll have plenty of fuel going into the new year with an all-you-can-eat buffet. Drink until you’re satisfied, and be sure to get a complimentary glass of champagne to toast in the new year.

    Bismarck gets a friendly welcome from the mayor to kick off the New Year’s Eve Gala. Arrive promptly at 8 pm to enjoy all the activities planned for the gala, including a silent auction, live music, and fireworks happening nearby at the Bismarck Event Center. Tickets must be purchased in advance to attend.

    Take as many laps around the ice skating rink in Dickinson for the annual New Year’s Eve skating party. From 1-4 pm, there will be a public skating party with free admission for everyone. Bring your own skates or rent a pair to practice your best moves on skates to ride into the new year.

    Ohio

    The Cleveland Pops New Year’s Eve Concert has been a popular way to celebrate the new year for over two decades. Get tickets to attend the live performance of the Cleve Pops Orchestra. The audience will enjoy an encore-worthy performance before the midnight balloon drop.

    Views of Hocking Valley will take your breath away as you witness the winter landscape from aboard the scenic railway. This nighttime train ride invites the entire family for “pizza and pop” or “wine and cheese” experiences that tailor the evening based on age. You’re in for a surprise at midnight as you stop on the tracks in time to see the firework display overhead. 

    Only the true “party animals” are invited for this year’s Happy Zoo Year. The famous Cincinnati Zoo hosts this annual New Year’s Bash, where you’ll get to bring in the new year with the zoo animals. Check out your favorite zoo exhibitions while enjoying the festive atmosphere of the park.

    Oklahoma

    Between a competition to see who can do the best mural design to interactive activities to a police helicopter flyover, Oklahoma City Opening Night 2022 will be one to remember. It’s got an action-packed itinerary, including live music and a firework show. The event starts at 7 pm so arrive on time to enjoy everything it has in store!

    Switch up your New Year’s Eve plans this year with a trip to Six Flags Frontier City. This popular theme park gets into the festive spirit with themed rides, events, décor, and more. Hop on your favorite rides to cheer in the new year.

    Celebrate the end and new beginnings at the Tulsa Post 1 New Year’s Eve Ball. The American Legion Post has been around for over a century and is throwing Tulsa’s biggest party. Dress up and party the night away. Order a round of drinks at the bar to support local veterans and rock the dance floor to tunes by Dejayee Tee Nice.

    Oregon

    The Manzanita’s Wacko New Year’s Eve party wasn’t always an official event, but with locals honoring the tradition year after year, it’s now recognized by the city. Watch this wacky parade full of the most creative costumes you’ve ever seen designed by locals. Even people from neighboring areas come to see the unusual parade.

    The cliffs high above Manzanitas Beach have some of the best views overlooking the Oregon coast. Join the group on a First Day Hike to promote healthy lifestyles and the beauty of the local state parks. It’s a chance to experience free hiking, so take it all in with views of nature or spotting wildlife along the treks.

    Cruise the gentle waters off the coast of Portland on a New Year’s Eve Party Cruise. The Portland Spirit Yacht is the perfect setting for the 20’s era prohibition-style theme. For two and a half hours, guests party on three floors full of drinks, food, live music, and other party favors.

    Pennsylvania

    Book a stay in a mountain resort to participate in the Poconos New Year’s Eve activities. The Poconos Mountain is an excellent destination for a romantic holiday, with resorts hosting parties so that you’re never far from a celebration. New Year’s Eve dances and special events make New Year one of the best times to visit the Poconos.

    Fireworks at the Rivers Casino shine bright above Philadelphia. It’s an event that the entire city buzzes about as it’s the biggest show happening for the night. The impressive designs flash like choreography to a music soundtrack. Both shows on New Year’s Eve are free and open to the public.

    The 50-ft rabbit might be the first thing you see when arriving at First Night 2022 in Pittsburgh, but it’s just a preview of how big the city celebrates New Year’s Eve. The art installation by an Australian artist welcomes attendees to the party with four entertainment stages. There is a grand finale at midnight for anyone with enough energy to stick around.

    Rhode Island

    Providence G has one of the best rooftops in the city, and this New Year’s Eve, it is hosting an exclusive Soiree. You’ll receive a free glass of champagne upon arriving, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner. Enjoy drinks and dessert while grooving to hits by the Massive Groove Band.

    The pop-up igloos at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina are in high demand this holiday for the New Year’s Celebration event. Guests will each have a special dinner before heading to the lounge or upper deck to dance. It will have a premium bar available so that you have plenty of drinks to party the entire night!

    It might be hard choosing just one bar to check out on New Year’s Eve, so how about joining the Providence NYE Bar Crawl? For just $30, you’ll get a wristband for entry into a handful of the best bars downtown. You’ll even get drink tickets to use at each venue.

    South Carolina

    All aboard the USS Yorktown this New Year’s Eve. It’s not every day that you get to party on a former warship. But with 15,000 square feet of space dedicated to a DJ, dancefloor, and full-service bar, no wonder why it’s called the “best party in Charleston.”

    Experience a VIP night at the exclusive Charleston Wonderland. Every year it’s delivered an exciting experience where you’ll have all-access to see live performances and more. For nearly a decade, this event has ranked as one of the top parties in Charleston and continues to prove why it’s well-deserving of its award.

    Snowbirds can flock to Myrtle Beach this holiday to celebrate Broadway at the Beach Firework Extravaganza. The picturesque beach will have plenty of fun activities for all ages to enjoy during the day. The party starts at night, where the highlight is a firework display over the ocean.

    South Dakota

    On the evening of New Year’s Eve, the locals of Deadwood head downtown to party the night into the new year. There are plenty of venues to party, from local bars to casinos, to test your New Year’s luck. Just don’t be late for the ball drop happening in front of the Historic Franklin Hotel.

    One of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Rapid City happens downtown. The Downtown countdown brings out the entire community where Main Street Square becomes a party hub. Lace up some skates and skid on the ice rink while fun music plays over the speakers.

    The mechanical bull at your local bar has nothing on the NPRA Bull Riding Challenge. This bull-riding competition shows how the professionals man-handle the wild beasts. After the show, all ages are welcome to join the cowboys at the New Year’s Eve after-party for dancing and music.

    Tennessee

    The Gatlinburg Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks can easily draw close to 50,000 people for the celebration. All eyes will be on the 400-ft tall Space Needle as the clock approaches midnight. Choreographed lights and fireworks create a stunning display of vibrant colors.

    Nashville proves why it’s the music capital with the Big Bash New Year’s event. Pack into Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to catch one of the city’s best live performances of the year. Artists like Zac Brown Band, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and Luke Bryan will play live all night.

    Pick up tickets for the Memphis New Year’s Eve Bash to attend one of the city’s most fun events. From 8:30 pm, when the gates open, the event will be. Celebration of music, food, and, of course, drinks. Be sure to look your best because the ball drop will be televised.

    Texas

    Dallas is a must-visit New Year’s Eve destination with major public celebrations like Victory Park. This outdoor party is free for everyone. Dance to the live music performances or chow down on delicious food. Then, when it’s midnight, look up to see an incredible firework show.

    The holiday lights illuminating the San Antonio Riverwalk create the perfect ambiance to party this New Year’s Eve. Party-hop between bars or private events happening on either side of the Riverwalk. And it costs nothing to hang outdoors with friends and root for the new year.

    Visitors can check out CityCentre in Houston, the main entertainment plaza that has something to do for adults and kids. The daytime is family-friendly with a kid’s dance party, face painting, and more. The nighttime is for adults to cheer on the countdown until the firework display at midnight.

    Utah

    As one of the top free events in Salt Lake City for New Year’s Eve, The Last Hurrah will give you quite the party experience. It has stages set up around downtown and even indoor party spaces to wander between. So, whether you want a speakeasy lounge atmosphere or a game room or dance floor, you can find it here!

    Southern Utah knows how to party at the Kanab New Years Celebration. The Kanab Center hosts a party to end the year Western-style. Party-goers are decked out in their finest cowboy outfits or showing off true Hollywood glam. A live DJ will rock the party, and you can enjoy refreshments.

    What’s better than one firework show?—two firework shows! At 9 pm and midnight, the public can gather at the Provo Recreation Center to watch the spectacle overhead. The show is so good that you’ll want to stay for both shows. The event has activities for adults and kids to enjoy while waiting for the next show.

    Vermont

    Go sightseeing in the charming downtown Montpelier during the New Year’s Eve 5K. This holiday race takes runners through the capital’s downtown, where the historic buildings and snowy streets create a picturesque New England setting. A 5K race is the best way to start a habit of health in the new year.

    Whether you can attend in person or only virtually, the Highlight New Year’s Eve party is for everyone. Kids can ride the carousel, and adults can watch the live band in a venue fit for everyone. It tops off the new year’s celebrations with a firework show.

    Make sure you’re not late for the Stratton Mountain New Year’s Eve Hike because timing is essential for the surprise. This New Year’s hike will warm you up while climbing to the summit. The reward for reaching the top of the mountain is seeing a firework display from this unique perspective.

    Virginia

    Families in Alexandria come out every year for the First Night Alexandria festival. This year, it’s returning and will take over Old Town once again. Spend the day attending live shows and activities for the kids. At night the streets fill up for a countdown party and watching fireworks.

    Spending New Year’s Eve at the Children’s Science Center in Fairfax blurs the line between fun and education. Guests can register for one of three parties held on New Year’s Eve that engages you with hands-on exhibitions and a fun confetti thrower where you’ll surely have a blast to ring in the year. 

    Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a hub of New Year’s Eve parties. There’s a venue for any kind of party you’re looking for, including shows like Pours and Pasties New Year’s Eve Bash. It’s a burlesque extravaganza accompanied by craft beer by Strangeways.

    Washington

    The Space Needle in Seattle is always the center of attention. Prepare to be mesmerized by the beautiful firework display. Thousands of viewers take in the sights of the iconic landmark as it puts on a colorful light show to coordinate with the fireworks shooting off from every level of the structure.

    The open bar makes VIP tickets worth it when you attend SPECTRA at the Pacific Science Center.  A live DJ keeps the energy high in the venue while tasting delicious food and craft drinks. But the best part is the view of the Space Needle to see the annual firework show.

    It won’t be hard to find a place to watch the fireworks on Long Beach. As 28 miles long, it’s the world’s largest single beach. And its firework show is always an honorable mention. This year is even more special as it is the century anniversary of Long Beach Peninsula, so it will have an extra special show lined up.

    West Virginia

    Everyone has partied in Downtown Morgantown, regardless of if you went to West Virginia or not. It’s famous for being the nightlife hub in the entire state. Wander the streets lined with bars and restaurants to join in the local parties where there’s sure to be lots of drinking.

    Countdown the minutes to the new year at the historical Greenbrier America’s Resort. It’s hosting the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, where everyone will be dressed in fancy clothes. The room full of masked guests will revel in a night of dancing, laughs, music, and a dinner.

    West Virginia has several ski destinations, and Snowshoe Mountain is one of the most popular. New Year is the perfect time to celebrate during the ski season when it invites you to celebrate amongst great company. It will be hosting several parties around the resort, so staying at the resort gives you access to them all.

    Wisconsin

    Cheese is all the hype this New Year’s Eve in Plymouth. Its big cheese drop is a nod to the massive cheese industry in Wisconsin. The cheese drop is a big deal by drawing thousands to see the award-winning cheese. Make some noise as the clock winds down. Even after midnight, the party keeps going with live music.

    The people in Milwaukee are used to the cold, but if you think you can take it, put yourself to the test at the Milwaukee Polar Bear Plunge. It’s free to walk over to Bradford Beach to join the daring group as you sprint into the water.

    The picturesque landscape of the UW-Madison Arboretum gets a bit more magical for the holidays. The New Year’s Eve Night Walk takes you on a guided walk through the arboretum to see the decorative light illuminating the flora. It’s an outdoor experience, so dress warmly!

    Wyoming

    Ski Season in Jackson Hole Mountain Resort brings many ski-enthusiasts for world-class skiing. These skiers also know how to have a great time with the Jackson Hole Torchlight Parade. See a trail of torchlights wind down the snowy slopes before ending with a firework finale.

    You can count thousands of people in Cheyenne Depot Plaza for the annual Cheyenne Ball Drop. Walk around the different food vendors and watch live music performances before the ball drop. A massive 300 lb ball covered in holiday lights is sure to catch your attention as it drops and starts the firework show.

    Standing in the frigid air atop Snow King Mountain for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks is an experience you’ll never forget. This popular ski resort gives guests an unforgettable show with fireworks flashing high above the mountain. It’s a family-friendly event for all ages.

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